Olympic competitors have at least one thing in common. They overcome excuses for not competing instead of being trampled by them. Excuses for not evangelizing are easy to find and easy to use. Like massaging a sore muscle, they may relieve the pain but don’t remove the problem.
Victim or victor. Which would you rather be: the conquered or the conqueror? Satan will use excuses to put you on the inactive list in evangelism. Recognize the enemy’s ploy, then let God make you a victor in evangelism.
What are some excuses Satan will plant in your mind?
- “I don’t know how to present the gospel.”
Most Christians don’t. So what does a victor do differently from a victim? He learns a method—one that allows him to talk to anyone anywhere. Having a method boosts confidence.
- “I’m just not good at evangelism. I get scared.”
All Christians (me included) are afraid to talk to others about Christ at times. Oddly enough, I find it easier to present the gospel to an audience of a thousand than an audience of one. Crowds usually don’t answer back. Individuals do. But what did the fearful New Testament disciples do? They prayed, asking God to give them boldness (Acts 4:29). When a prayer-answering God responded, boldness won out over fear (Acts 4:31).
- “I’m not sure I can answer all their questions or objections.”
You may not be able to but God does not require us to be seminary graduates. He does ask us to be disciples. What did He say to a handful of fisherman on the beach? “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19). Don’t miss the word “make.” If you follow, He’ll teach. One day of obedience in evangelism teaches more than a lifetime of ignoring His call to share the gospel.
- “I don’t know any non-Christians.”
Sure you do. The grocer, banker, college professor, neighbor, hair stylist, mechanic, niece, football coach—the list goes on. Don’t you really mean, “I don’t know them well”? But how well do you need to know someone to invite them to Starbucks for coffee or over for a backyard barbecue? Contacts lead to conversations. Conversations lead to conversions.
- “I don’t have time for my own family, let alone non-Christians.”
Busy people don’t. They can identify with the one who said, “I don’t know where I’m going and I’m already ten minutes late.” They take time—removing from their schedule what can wait and replacing it with what can’t. And remember, some activities can be shared with a non-Christian. Invite her to go antiquing with you. Ask him to shoot baskets with you and your son at the local gym. Invite their family to join yours for a family movie night.
Excuses are not explanations of why we can’t do something. As you pray, objectively examine each one. Then ask, “How can I overcome this excuse instead of hiding behind it?”
Victim or Victor? God wants to initiate you into the excitement of leading people to Christ. Don’t let Satan rob you of the thrill of impacting a person’s eternal destiny.